The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has visited In2Change, a not-for-profit organisation based in Sheffield, which aims to prevent young people and ex-offenders from engaging in or remaining involved in criminality.

In2Change delivers targeted interventions to accomplish this objective, and has recently received grant funding from the VRU’s Violence Reduction Fund. This aims to support young people aged 4-25, to prevent them from becoming involved in violence.

With more than £19,000 awarded to the organisation from the Violence Reduction Fund, In2Change will deliver a street-level community programme, ‘Streets Outreach’, which aims to use early intervention to learn of local crime, anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse, and victim support needs.

The VRU visited In2Change to meet with staff, and discuss the Streets Outreach programme.

Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit said: “In2Change’s Streets Outreach programme is important in that it aims to provide community outreach at a street level, a setting which other initiatives and statutory bodies such as schools often struggle to reach.

“This will enable them to reach and engage with young people, and implement the early intervention which is so important in preventing the development of violent and anti-social behaviours in our communities.”